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Start the Presses: Stepping up to Goliath

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Every once in a while, the little guy goes up against Goliath and wins. The smart money, though, is usually on Goliath.

So was the case for our local airport commission. Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration denied the commission’s request for a curfew, putting the kibosh on a nine-year, $7-million effort. The curfew would have blocked all non-emergency, non-military flights between 10 p.m. and 6:59 a.m.

The time and money wasted on this effort is bad enough. But the worst part is that it very much appears the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority had no chance of convincing the FAA. The Part 161 process, as it is called, has a breathtaking number of time-consuming and expensive requirements. After reading the federal agency’s 42-page report in all its mind-numbing glory, I believe I can safety say the FAA appears to have a policy against allowing curfews.

Read the full column here.


Written by Dan Evans

November 10, 2009 at 12:02 pm

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